My 3-year-old daughter almost died last Thursday.
That’s not hyperbole; that’s for real. And I’m telling you what happened because it just might save your child, or someone that you care…about. Here are the random things that saved my daughter’s life last week. 1. My 3-year-old daughter happened to come home from a playdate about 10 minutes after she was served peanut butter crackers. (She’d tried them for the first time there because, hey, we didn’t think she had an allergy.) That was when she… >> Read More
“You go for the living, not the dead,” my mother always told me about condolence calls. So I always assumed that was the proper etiquette.
When my son’s allergist died suddenly, I wanted to…let his family and his co-workers know how much he meant to us. We witnessed his life and he witnessed ours, and that was something I felt needed to be acknowledged. Dr. Smith watched my 12-year-old son grow from a happy-go-lucky little boy to a pre-teen who answered “I hate school” whenever the subject came… >> Read More
Peanuts. The very word can strike terror in parents of kids who are allergic to this seemingly ubiquitous legume.
Birthday parties, school cafeterias, playgrounds... The list of places where…peanut exposures could occur goes on and on. At the same time, you can't keep your kid inside a bubble forever, so the anxiety loops in an infinite cycle. But now, technology comes to the rescue! Nima is a portable, hand-sized device that can test foods for peanut proteins. All you need to do is pop… >> Read More
There have definitely been times in my life when I’ve been a real asshole. And today, I’d like to apologize for at least one of them.
I never really “got it” when it came to food allergies.…All I knew, for the duration of my first 14 years as a parent, was my vague feeling of, “Hey…there sure seem to be a lot more allergies out there than there used to be when I was a kid.” It didn’t make sense to me – I mean, I ate peanut butter and jelly… >> Read More
Allergies can be absolutely terrifying, especially when your kid has allergies. In recent years, it's been proven that giving kids a small amount of peanuts when they are young could actually…counteract allergies. One mom event wrote a piece in the New York Times about how giving her kid Bamba, a popular Israeli snack, helps. As we previously noted, there was some science backing up this claim: "Pediatric allergy specialist Gideon Lack came across a peculiar find regarding allergies: Israeli Jews were less likely to have peanut… >> Read More